3 08 2017

This is one in a series of Haiku battles between myself and a dear Lady Cheryl DeWolfe, who blogs at Flotsam and Jetsam. These collaborations are all very erotic and were written in real-time exchanges with no outline nor discussion of the content before each began.

Note: no bytes were killed in the writing of these, thou some of them may be scarred for life


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22 05 2017

a single coffee

served to him with love and grace

worth more than his gold


12 01 2014

A single coffee

Served to him with love and grace

Worth more than his gold

To tip or not to tip, that is the question

31 01 2013

For those of us who work in the service industry, this can be a very hot topic. Who do you tip and why? The lady who brings your coffee while you decide what to order for breakfast – is she worth giving a little more? How about the barrista at Starbucks? How many times do you see a small cup beside the till with a happy face plea for a few extra shekels?

TIPS – To Insure Prompt Service. How many times do you see in the movies someone flashing a 20 to the door man who will then allow faster service? It is difficult for me to be standing in line only to see someone who thinks they are better than me wander in as if rules don’t apply to him. As for service, why do you need to be paid extra to give proper/prompt service? You have taken a position that requires you to be in the public eye, to provide some sort of direct service to a client of the business. That client might be rich, might not be so rich or may be close to flat broke – can you not treat each one with the proper respect and dignity that you would expect from another?

I have been driving taxi for about 10 years now, and let me tell you, I love walking home with a pocket full of tips. It makes me feel good to know that my clients want me to feel that I have gone above and beyond for them. Most of the time, any tips I get are just rounding up the bill to the nearest $5 or $10.  Sometimes it amounts to whatever small change is in the bottom of their purse or pants pocket. Sometimes my client looks at me and says I would like to give you something or more but I just can’t. Does this mean they are not worth the proper service I should give? To the best of my ability, I get out and open doors for people. If they have groceries, I help them load and unload. I don’t growl or get snarly if I have to  load a walker, or help them in and out of the car (we have a lot of elderly folk here).  Everyone gets the same service because that is the job I signed on for.

receipt-pastor-lgThis photo is what prompted my post today. The restaurant industry has been at the fore front of this problem for a long time. How often do you go to an eatery and you see at the bottom of the menu that a 15% Gratuity is added for any group over 8, or “for your convenience”.  Gratuity – this word is defined as something given without claim or obligation ->freely given. The moment it is added just because a certain condition is met, it no longer is freely given, it is now an added tax to your bill. I don’t pay such taxes. If I go to a place to eat and the bill of fare says it is $10, then that is what I am obligied to pay, not $10+an 18% Gratuity.  I have the option to give my server extra, if I choose to, and frequently I do. In the bill above, they added 18% and then gave you the option to add a little more.

TIPS or Gratuities are given freely, they can not be expected. If you are working in  an industry that puts you as providing a service to someone, that is what you are there to do, not because someone is going to give you extra. And for the employers out there who pay their staff less because of the potential of TIPS, shake your head and treat people with the respect and dignity you expect from others.

One last thought. Be  you a customer or a server –

Smile, and say please and thank you to everyone. It will make everyone day go a bit better whether you tip or not.


And that is all I want to say about that